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Charlotte, NC :: 16 yrs later – September 11, 2001 memorial

On September 11, 2016 a temporary public memorial was installed in Charlotte, NC at Romare Bearden Park. I arrived at the park at 5:00 am to scout out where I wanted to take my photos to document the event. I wanted to get situated prior to the arrival of the crowds, that were coming to remember and morn the tragic loss of the thousands of people who lost their lives on that September day, the 11th in the year of 2001.

The morning breeze was calm, just barely noticeable. There was an erie quiet that filled the park as if everyone just wanted to be very respectful of everyone else visiting that day. The park was filled with thousands of American flags with a photo and or name attached to each one, representing each of the victims of the horrible attack on our nation. Each flag was placed meticulously in alignment, row after row. It was beautiful, touching, humbling and sad all at the same time. I was honored to have the opportunity to photograph the event.

I did my best to be respectful to all of the guests, the attending emergency responders and I suspect some family members who had lost loved ones on that day, 16 years ago. I wanted to document the essence of the day and the shear quiet I experienced there in the park. If you were not able to attend, I hope these photos will give you a sense of the feelings and emotions I experienced that day. Hopefully it will also remind you that the day was born of pure evil. Also, I am sure it came as a surprise to those who participated in the planning of the terrorist attacks, that the American people would so quickly jump in with tenacity to help their fellow citizens and display unfathomable bravery, courage and love for each other. We put away our differences that day and for weeks and months to come. Thousands of first responders, EMS, police and volunteers rushed in to help those in need. The help poured in from all over the country to assist NYCFD and NYCPD in the days that followed. Many of those first responders and volunteers made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow man that day and in the days to come.

Lets all take a moment to remember all those we lost during this tragedy. Let us never forget this day and let us honor all our fallen heros. RIP…..